Elon Musk has been known for teasing and/or releasing upcoming Tesla updates via Twitter. The platform has become his go-to avenue whenever he has new ideas to share. This is exactly what he did recently, teasing the possibility of a pick-up truck next year, according to CNBC.
Tesla could unveil the all-new Pickup Truck in 2019, teases Elon Musk. Replying to a tweet from someone asking when they could order a pickup he said that a prototype could launch in 2019.
His tweet read: “I’m dying to make a pickup truck so bad…we might have a prototype to unveil next year”
Ahead of the Semi launch 2017, he replied to someone asking if the carmaker would make an electric pickup saying, “What if we just made a mini version of the Tesla Semi?”
At the launch of the Semi-Truck, Tesla also shared an image of what a Tesla Pickup truck could look like. It essentially looked like the cab of the Semi was bolted on to a pickup truck. Whether or not the pickup truck will share the same design as the Semi has yet to be confirmed.
If it does, it could also share the same battery packs which allow 300-miles and 500-miles of range respectively. If a pickup truck does emerge from Twitter in 2019 it certainly will not be ready until at least 2020. This is because the carmaker has said that the Model Y, a Model 3-based SUV, will launch before it. Tesla could, therefore, launch the all-new Pickup Truck around the same time as the Rivian R1T.
The electric car start-up unveiled the car last month with some impressive specs. It will launch with up to 400-miles of range stand Rivian and come with a choice of three battery packs. These are 105 kWh, 130 kWh and 180 kWh, which will produce 230+ miles, 300+ miles and 400+ miles on a ignore charge respectively.
Electric cars are known for their speedy acceleration and the R1T will be no different racing from 0-60mph in as little as three seconds and on to a top speed of 125mph.
In related news, the company’s utility-sized Megapack battery could reportedly debut in California. It is worth noting that Musk once dropped a hint about a “large product on the stationary storage side” in an interview, and some clues found online showed that the company is calling that product the “Megapack.”
Now, Electrek has obtained a copy of Tesla’s proposal for PG&E’s Moss Landing energy storage site, which gives people a more concrete idea of what the Megapack actually is. Based on the documents, Tesla plans to use its new power storage product for large-scale projects instead of the Powerpack. And it makes sense, because each Megapack battery system will apparently measure 23’5″ x 5’3″ and will have a capacity of around 2,673 kWh.
That is much, much bigger than the Powerpack, which has a length and width measuring 51.5″ x 32.4″ and has an energy capacity of 210 kWh. The illustrations in the documents show that Tesla plans to install two container-sized Megapack units back-to-back. It also plans to deploy 449 Megapacks with a total capacity of 1,200 MWh at the PG&E site in California.
The news come as the company tries to reduce prices on the Model S and Model X in China in response to the country’s decision to roll back its 40% tariff on cars imported from the United States to the 15% level that was in effect previously. The decision by Chinese authorities is temporary. The new rate will be in effect from January 1 until March 31.